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Kiryandongo Accidents Claimed 33 Lives in May

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the deaths resulted from three serious accidents and three minor accident cases in Kiryandongo section of the road.
Julius Hakiza the Albertine region police spokesperson commenting on the fatal accidents in Kiryandongo district

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At least 33 people died in road accidents in Kiryandongo, along the Kampala - Gulu highway over the last one month, according to a police report released today.  

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the deaths resulted from six fatal accidents, three serious accidents and three minor accident cases in Kiryandongo section of the road.

The most tragic accident involved three motor vehicles; a Gaagaa bus registration number UAK 562L, a cargo lorry registration number UAT 088J/UAT 321M and a tractor registration number UAU 872M at Nanda village some 12 kilometres from Karuma Township.

Eyewitnesses said that the Kampala-bound Gaaga bus travelling from Lira hit the tractor from its rear before it rolled and collided with an oncoming cargo lorry transporting crates of beer. Up to 22 lives were lost when the tragedy occurred.

The other accident involved a trailer registration number UAP 780L/SSD 437D that collided head-on with a vehicle registration number UAX 648R Toyota Hiace at Chopelwor village killing six people on the spot.

According to the report, the other accidents include a police vehicle registration number UP 5557, which knocked a motorcycle registration number UDN 715K killing one person instantly, vehicle registration number UAB 943U, a Toyota land cruiser that Knocked dead  a pedestrian at Rwenkunye village, and motor vehicle registration Number UBA 760J knocked dead a female pedestrian identified as Gladys Nantalo.

Hakiza attributed all the fatal accidents to reckless driving.

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Hakiza says, however, the Kampala - Gulu high way is too narrow to contain the heavy traffic flow adding that there are also few humps on the road that forces drivers to over speed.

Hakiza says police is planning to erect permanent checkpoints on the road and increase the number of traffic personnel to conduct regular traffic supervision on the road. Hakiza further explains that police traffic department is to introduce patrols along Kafu-Karuma route on a daily basis.

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